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Inter-vehicle communication technology recommended by NTSB

Wireless networks are everywhere, and car technology has developed to a point where computers are often in every vehicle, whether a driver has a GPS device installed or not. The use of this technology could help prevent car accidents, and the National Transportation Safety Board has now recommended that safety standards be developed for such inter-vehicle communication devices and that they be installed in all new vehicles.

This goes along with work that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already been doing. The NHTSA has been actively testing such technology in hopes that cars that communicate with each other automatically can reduce the number of accidents.

There have been nearly 87,000 deaths from intersection accidents from 2002 to 2011. This number is one that might be greatly reduced if cars were able to communicate and warn drivers of a driver going to fast, or of one that might drive through a red light. Car to infrastructure communication might also be on the horizon. This would allow cars to send traffic data and road conditions to authorities and other vehicles within 1,000 feet.

Even if this technology doesn't provide enough warning for a driver to completely stop before a collision, it might allow them to slow a vehicle, lessening the severity of the accident. Until car technology can help prevent most or all car accidents, it is important that all drivers pay attention and try to avoid accidents. Driving is a task that requires a driver's full attention, and it is important that people understand the consequences of even small distractions.

Source: Associated Press, "Technology for cars to talk to each other urged," Joan Lowy, July 23, 2013

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